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RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING 2005 AS THE YEAR OF LANGUAGES IN ALABAMA

WHEREAS, our community and communities across America are welcoming many new neighbors, friends, employees, and citizens from countries and cultures throughout the world – people for whom English is not their native language; and
 
WHEREAS, Americans have growing social, cultural, and economic ties to the global community, offering great opportunities but presenting new challenges as we seek to communicate with and understand our international partners from different language and cultural backgrounds; and
 
WHEREAS, studying other languages has been shown to contribute to increased cognitive skills, better academic performance, and a greater understanding of others, while also providing life-long learning opportunities for people beyond school age; and
 
WHEREAS, proficiency in other languages enhances Americans’ career opportunities and provides employers with a workforce with the necessary skills for an international marketplace; and
 
WHEREAS, foreign language educators are working cooperatively to promote the benefits of language learning to students, parents, business, industry, health and social services leaders, and policymakers throughout the nation; and
 
WHEREAS, language education in the 21st century includes a commitment to the study of long sequences of world languages beginning in the early grades to enable students to develop the levels of proficiency needed to effectively communicate with people from other cultures whether at home or abroad; and
 
WHEREAS, language educators are urging the public to recognize the value of delivering better education to our students, of expanding the cultural and literary horizons of adult learners, and of strengthening America’s position and security around the world:
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby proclaim 2005 as The Year of Languages in Alabama and urges all citizens to become familiar with the services and benefits offered by language education programs in our state and to support and participate in these programs to gain proficiency not only in English, but in other languages as well; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby commend the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers for its continuous efforts to promote the study of languages in Alabama and advocate for academic excellence in our schools.
 
Done this 8th day of December 2005.